Divers at a Russian lake have pulled out a 5-foot-wide, half-ton hunk of meteorite from the Chelyabinsk meteor that streaked across skies in February. The large black fragment smashed a 6-meter-wide hole into the ice covering Lake Chebarkul. It could potentially be the most massive fragment of the dramatic fireball captured on video across the region, and researchers are calling it a once in a lifetime moment.
PAKSE, Laos — Rescuers in fishing boats pulled bodies from the muddy Mekong River today as officials in Laos ruled out finding survivors from a plane that crashed in stormy weather, killing 49 people from 11 countries.
TOKYO — A typhoon caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes on a Japanese island today before sweeping up the Pacific coast, grounding hundreds of flights and disrupting Tokyo’s transportation during the morning rush. At least 17 deaths were reported and nearly 50 people were missing.
GENEVA — Iran’s foreign minister today unveiled a widely-anticipated plan for ending the conflict over his country’s nuclear program in an hourlong English-language Powerpoint presentation, as two days of talks between Iran and six world powers got under way at a United Nations palace.
CEBU, Philippines — The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol today rose to 93, as rescuers struggled to reach patients in a collapsed hospital. Centuries-old stone churches crumbled and wide areas were without power.
BERLIN — A German couple’s marriage got off to a rocky start when the groom forgot his bride at a highway gas station on the way home from their honeymoon, only noticing she was missing after hours had passed.
STOCKHOLM — By honoring the global chemical weapons watchdog, the Nobel Peace Prize committee stuck to its tradition of not just awarding past achievements, but highlighting a cause, movement or process it hopes can promote world peace.
MANILA, Philippines — A tropical storm barreling toward the northern Philippines today intensified into a typhoon with destructive winds and rain threatening farmland and populated areas, including the capital, Manila.
TRIPOLI, Libya — Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was abducted by gunmen who snatched him from his hotel and held him for several hours today in apparent retaliation for a U.S. special forces raid that captured an al-Qaida suspect in the capital last weekend.
LOS ANGELES — Alice Munro is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in literature. The Canadian author was lauded for being “master of the short story” by Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.
LONDON — In a possible preview of Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize announcement, the European Union awarded its top human-rights prize today to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for championing education for girls.
STOCKHOLM — Three U.S.-based scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry today for developing powerful computer models that researchers use to understand complex chemical interactions and create new drugs.
SAN JOSE ISLAND, Panama — Even as the United States presses for the rapid destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, a dispute lingers over unexploded chemical munitions that U.S. soldiers left on a Panamanian island more than 60 years ago.
MEXICO CITY — Thirteen Mexican federal police officers are among 18 people arrested last week on suspicion of being part of a deadly kidnapping ring operating in the troubled Pacific resort city of Acapulco, government officials said Tuesday.